Queen Latifah Shares Heartfelt Advice to Younger Female Artists Being Pitted Against Each Other

In an exclusive interview with Live From E! at the 2023 Grammys, Queen Latifah shared her most heartfelt advice for younger artists: "If you want to work with somebody, go work with them."

By Kisha Forde Feb 06, 2023 1:08 AMTags
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Queen Latifah is all about that U.N.I.T.Y.

At the 2023 Grammys on Feb. 5, the seven-time nominee shared a few heartfelt words for younger artists in the music industry, especially when it comes to younger women being pitted against each other as their respective careers continue to grow. (See every star hit the red carpet here).

"Well, I would say to you, now is the time for you to do whatever the f you want with your career because we had that done to us," she exclusively told Live From E! host Laverne Cox. "A lot of crews kind of claimed, like, the one female in the group and wouldn't kind of let us all work with each other sometimes."

But as the actress noted, they took matters in their own hands.

"Then the smart ones, of course, we got to jump on each other's records and make smash hit music and elevate the whole genre," she continued. "So, if you have the power or if you want to work with somebody go work with them. It's all ego…and most of the time it's not our ego it's somebody else's ego competing against someone else's and we're just the pawns."

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For Queen Latifah, her advice boils down to one major point.

"Don't be a pawn, control your career, speak from the heart, say what you want to say, represent us and let's go," she shared, adding, "Let's get this."

But the actress wasn't the only one stopping the show at the 2023 Grammys. For even more stars, keep scrolling...

Harry Styles

In Egonlab x Swarovski

Cardi B

In Gaurav Gupta

Megan Fox

In Zuhair Murad


In Louis Vuitton with Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Camila Cabello

In PatBo


In Bach Mai

Kacey Musgraves

In Valentino 

Jennifer Lopez

In Gucci with JLO Jennifer Lopez shoes


In Tom Ford

Queen Latifah

Ava Kolker

Machine Gun Kelly

In Dolce & Gabbana 

Olivia Rodrigo

In Miu Miu with Tiffany & Co. jewelry


Ella Mai

In Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Fran Drescher


Omar Apollo

In Bottega Veneta


In Givenchy

Mary J. Blige

In The Blonds

Paris Hilton

In Celine

Kim Petras & Sam Smith

Sam in Valentino
Kim in Victor Costa

Jack Harlow

In Ernest W. Baker


In Dolce & Gabbana


In Atelier Versace SS2003 from Lily et Cie, Inc. with Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Trevor Noah

In Gucci


Taylor Swift

In Roberto Cavalli

Lourdes Leon

In Area

Fat Joe

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